Web Accessibility Statement

Bord Bia is committed to making its websites and mobile applications accessible, in accordance with European Union (Accessibility Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020.


We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.


The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. The Bord Bia Bloom website is targeting WCAG 2.1 level AA, in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.


As we carry out regular testing and accessibility auditing in order to ensure ongoing accessibility compliance on our website, we may become aware of certain areas/modules/templates on the website where we could improve in terms of accessibility. We strive to maintain a Level AA conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.


Please find below the areas which we are currently working to improve:

Areas for Improvement Timelines for Improvement
Text alternatives for images, links and icons are not meaningful or are missing in multiple pages To be defined based on
remediation work
A number of interactive elements such as the social icons, the pagination controls etc. rely only on sensory characteristics in all pages As above
Label is missing for the main website search input As above
Footer is not working properly for mobile devices As above
A number of pages do not follow a meaningful sequence As above
In the Garden Detail pages, the iframe that contains the 360 degrees
Garden View is not accessible
As above
Some elements such as clickable logos, accordions, share icons etc. rely solely on colour change upon mouse hover to indicate interactivity in multiple pages As above
The minimum contrast for text and non-text is not met in a lot of the pages As above
There is a number of images of text across the site which contain wrongly populated alt attribute As above
In a small number of pages, there is an horizontal overflow, when the
screen is 320px wide
As above
The Map page is missing the header and footer compared to all other
As above
Navigation’s dropdowns should be dismissable and not activated
on keyboard focus
As above
Not all functionality is available by the use of a keyboard in one page As above
The video modal is a keyboard trap in any page it is added As above
No mechanism exists to bypass blocks of content that are repeated in any of the pages As above
There are elements in the site which do not receive focus, or it is
not obvious they receive focus in multiple pages
As above
Links’ styling is not consistent across multiple pages As above
HTML Validator returns warnings and errors in all pages As above



  •  PDFs: Bord Bia has a large volume of PDFs hosted on its website. PDFs are less accessible than HTML pages for people using assistive technologies.  However, Bord Bia has limited resources and finances to use in retrospectively tag all of the PDFs. For this reason, Bord Bia is committed to: 
    • Appropriately tagging any new PDFs published on the website.  
    • Tagging legacy documents over time, with a more urgent focus on documents that receive a large volume of traffic. This work will be ongoing. 


  • Images: Not all images on bordbia.ie have photo (or meta-) descriptions. Bord Bia has accrued an extensive catalogue of images and it would be a disproportionate burden based on Bord Bia’s limited resources and finances to properly tag all of the images immediately. However, Bord Bia is committed to: 
    • Creating alt tags on each newly uploaded image. 
    • Working through our library of previously uploaded imagery to tag each image. 


  • Videos: Bord Bia hosts a large volume of videos on its website. Captioning is not present for many of these videos. Retrospectively captioning videos would take a large amount of financial and staff resources and would not be feasible based on Bord Bia’s budget and staff numbers. For this reason, Bord Bia is committed to: 
    • Appropriately captioning any new videos uploaded to the website.  
    • Tagging legacy documents over time, with a more urgent focus on videos that receive a large volume of traffic. This work will be ongoing. 


Please contact us if you become aware of any other issues that have not been set out above.   


This statement was prepared on 27th June 2023.  


The statement was prepared following a self-assessment by Bord Bia of its websites and mobile applications and an assessment by a third party web designer against WCAG 2.1.  


This statement was last reviewed on 11th July 2023.  


Feedback and Contact Information 


To provide any feedback or to notify Bord Bia of any compliance failures or to request information and content excluded from the scope of the 2020 Regulations, please use the form on our Contact Us Page. Please direct your request to Bord Bia’s Marketing and Communications Team.  


Formal Complaints 


In the event of an unsatisfactory response to any notification or request, the requestor may make a complaint in writing to the Ombudsman for consideration under the Disability Act